At Wake Tech, students have several different opportunities for gaining practical work experience while pursuing a degree. Work-Based Learning (Co-op) allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom in an actual workplace setting. Students work for an employer in a position directly related to their field of study.
Work-Based Learning helps students develop employability competencies – competencies that the college has identified as critical to success in the workplace:
- Communication – the ability to effectively exchange ideas and information with others through oral, written or visual means
- Interpersonal skills and teamwork – the ability to work effectively with others, especially to analyze situations, establish priorities and apply resources for solving problems or accomplishing tasks
- Problem solving – the ability to identify problems and potential causes while developing and implementing practical action plans for solutions
- Information processing – the ability to acquire, evaluate, organize, manage and interpret information